Educating for an aging society: competencies, knowledge and attitude and how to motivate students

J. Dikken, J. G. Hoogerduijn, B. Oeseburg, H. Venables, V. Habes, M. J. Schuurmans, B. M. Buurman, A. Bakker

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    Introduction: Due to an aging population
    more nurses will encounter vulnerable patients
    in their daily work. Our health care system
    faces huge challenges with regard to the
    demand on care for the older adults and the
    competencies of nurses required to meet this
    demand. Several studies demonstrated that
    nursing (aides) curricula are not adequate to
    prepare nursing (aides) students for the demographic
    Other research report that many nurses have a
    negative attitude towards and lack knowledge
    about older patients. However, many of the
    instruments used for this type of research are
    considered outdated, too country-specific or
    do not include a patient focus or caring perspective.
    Measuring knowledge and attitude is
    an important first step in enhancing attitude
    and knowledge.
    Aim: To determine essential competencies and
    recommendations for educational strategies
    for the education of nurses and nurse assistants
    regarding care for older adults. Presenting
    the development, validation and reliability
    results of the Knowledge about Older Patient -
    Quiz (KOP-Q) and the Older Patient in Acute
    Care Survey (OPACS). These two measurement
    instruments demonstrate promising
    results for measuring nurses’ knowledge of
    and attitude towards older patients. Furthermore,
    new ways to motivate students: a serious
    game for educating nurses, will be
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberS108
    Pages (from-to)8-8
    Number of pages1
    JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
    Publication statusPublished - Sep-2016

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